In a letter to members, Essendon president Dave Barham said Thorburn initially came to the club on a short-term basis to coordinate the external review.
“When Andrew was approached, he indicated that he would give the opportunity his consideration. At this point, he immediately removed himself from any oversight he had of the club’s CEO search,” said Barham
“A week later, he formally entered the process and then interviewed for the role last week, along with the other candidates.
Thorburn, 57, was born and educated in New Zealand and is a lifelong Essendon fan.
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